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Cycle parking at Kirkton St, Carluke. Rounded cycle stands – end ones should have tapping rail. Covered but won't shelter bikes from rain.

Bike parking on Brouster Gate at shopping centre still in use during winter.

A parallel cycle zebra crossing across Strathfillan Road, on the West Mains Road cycleway, that does not involve deviation from the alignment of the cycleway (as happens at some other junctions). The proper cycleway ends just after where ... [more]

A typical view of the two-way section of the West Mains Road cycleway. There is a parallel cycle zebra crossing at the side road junction ahead.

The West Mains Road cycleway at the Torrance Road junction. It looks like a cyclops junction is under construction, but traffic signals have yet to be installed. However, there is no provision for cycle left turns, and a bollard with an 'ah ... [more]

The West Mains Road cycleway at a parallel cycle zebra crossing, but 'ahead only' signs ban its use for cycles from this direction. Maybe it is only to be used for crossing from the other side of the road.

The West Mains Road cycleway at the Kirktonholme Road junction. The crossing is out of alignment from the main cycleway, and 'ahead only' signs displayed on bollards ban cycle left turns into Kirktonholme Road. Why?

The West Mains Road cycleway approaching the Kirktonholme Road junction where the crossing is not in line with the main cycleway.

A parallel zebra crossing, and start of the West Mains Road cycleway. The bollard on the right is directing cyclists up a flight of steps!

A parallel zebra crossing, and start of the West Mains Road cycleway.

A counter, with strips for counting ramp users, and also for the steps, at the Centre Roundabout underpass.

Having protected cyclists along Cornwall Street, the cycle lane ends by spitting them out onto the Centre Roundabout. This may be temporary.

The Cornwall Street cycle lane at the Fire Station. Incorrect corduroy tactile paving has been used instead of the cycleway type at the pedestrian crossing.

There is a branching cycle route along Brouster Hill as well as the continuing route along Cornwall Street. Corduroy tactile paving has been used instead of the correct cycleway type.

The Cornwall Street cycle lane deviates at both side road crossings.

Once it gets going, the Cornwall Street cycle lane settles down into a reasonable facility.

Does the council expect cyclists to arrive at the cycle lane by bus? See also #183417.

The entrance to the new Cornwall Street cycle lane is blocked by planters. See also #183418.

The gap between the old cycle network in East Kilbride and the new cycle network in East Kilbride is four lampposts' worth of road. Note the tyre tracks in the grass.

A footway has been formed using posts and blocks, leading to the narrow asphalt strip to Strathtay Avenue. See also #172687.

Some form of art, reminiscent of punch hole reinforcers, at a track junction in the K-Woodlands.

A canine obstruction on a bridge into the K-Woodlands! The owner appeared moments later.

"A Fairtrade Town" (whatever that is), but no dropped kerb at the start of this narrow shared foot and cycle path alongside the A727 dual carriageway at Philipshill.

At long last the path between Toryglen Road and Prospecthill Circus has been rebuilt, providing an off-road connection between Rutherglen and Toryglen. The path previously was terrible (see #70595).

A gate across the road into Cuningar Loop park, passable on a standard bicycle, but the gap at the side will be problematic for non-standard bikes and for those with trailers.

This part of the Clydeside path at Shawfield has been closed for so long without be any repairs being attempted that the sign is now faded and falling to bits. Whether it's @GlasgowCC, @SouthLanCouncil or @clydegateway that's responsible ... [more]

New path to access south of Hairmyres hospital site from Strathtay Ave (update to #113723). Soft segregation around outhouse is quite tight but protects from parking and has gaps to join to/from road.

Sheffield stands are easy to use by all. Unfortunately disabled access is restricted by a gate to the left. Disabled users have to call a number to access the castle.

Cycle parking stands at UH Hairmyres side entrance.

Bike repair station at UH Hairmyres off main entrance road (Hospital Dr). Includes a pump and repair tools. Toast rack bike parking (see 113722) has been relocated nearby. Three individual stands were removed in summer 2020 to accommodate a ... [more]

Paths around the north side of the Malls Mire nature reserve are less formal than those around the centre.

Quarry Place steps prevent cycling.

The path through the woods at Cathkin is usable on this section, but some parts are too steep, including crossfall, to cycle all the way. The path ends before the connection to Burnside Road, so it is necessary to rejoin the busy Cathkin Ro ... [more]

I had intended to head west through to the Cathkin Braes mountain biking site, but the path was too muddy to cycle, so I headed in the opposite direction instead.

The road from South Cathkin Farm joins Cathkin Road, and opposite there is a cut-through to the parallel path through the woods.

The track from Markethill Road to South Cathkin Farm passes the entrance to the former quarry and landfill site, and the surface quality only gets worse from here onwards. Large muddy puddles, and best to avoid. The muddy track joins asphal ... [more]

A track between Markethill Road and South Cathkin Farm, around the former quarry and landfill site. This is probably the best the track gets.

Cycle parking stands at the rear of the coffee chain drive-through.

A hostile road environment for anyone cycling to the Kingsgate Retail Park. The roundabout decoration does nothing to improve it.

Cycle parking at Sainsbury's Kingsgate store, as far from the front door as possible, only convenient for the fire door, and attracting a predictable level of usage.

A person on a bike leaves NCN756 on the Mavor Avenue shared footway to cross to the new retail park.

A new roundabout at Mavor Avenue/Avon Drive. It wasn't clear where the cycle route went.

The dropped kerb associated with the crossing from the NCN756 Mavor Avenue shared footway, necessary for southbound cyclists due to the blind bend at the Gateway junction, has been removed and replaced with a regular kerb.

The desire line seen in #113801 comes over the mound and onto the path seen to the right of this picture. If there is no special reason to retain the mound, it should be removed and a proper path provided as a through route from the East Ki ... [more]

The path from Logie Park splits to form a triangular junction with the East Kilbride railway path. Left for the town centre, right for towards Kingsgate.

The path to Logie Park heads to the right, but there is a desire line over the mound straight ahead to get to the railway path. See also #113803 looking from the opposite direction.

Paths connecting from the East Kilbride railway path to Halfmerke Primary School, Logie Park, and Maxwell Drive.

Steps linking from Dunblane Drive onto the East Kilbride railway path. If there was the political will, there would be a ramp here.

The East Kilbride railway path near Dunblane Drive (to the left) and Halfmerke Primary School (to the right).

The start of the railway path section of NCN756, leaving East Kilbride, at St Bryde Lane. The traffic calming strips present a hazard to turning cyclists and could easily be bypassed with a more convenient access onto the path to the left. ... [more]

A route sign for NCN756 in Old Mill Road, although I don't think Glasgow is just one mile further along the route than Rutherglen.

The former railway line through the northeastern part of East Kilbride has been converted into a cycle path, but this section at Main Street has been filled in and made into a car park.

An attempt at filtered permeability on Parkhall Street, but no provision for cycling through the road closure.

Cycle parking at East Kilbride station, one of two shelters, and a shared footway on Torrance Road.

Cycle parking at East Kilbride station. One of two shelters.

A busy junction between Kittoch Street and West Mains Road.

Glebe Street meets Hunter Street and Montgomery Street in East Kilbride Village. I never noticed when I took the photograph, but the cycle parking stands look like they may be removable.

Glebe Street and other back streets in East Kilbride Village.

Not a cycling route, but this footway crosses Stuart Street at an uncontrolled crossing near to the Priestknowe Roundabout, so is a bit difficult to cross at busy times. Traffic reduction through East Kilbride Village would help. The sal ... [more]

The dropped kerb for entering the Whitemoss Avenue underpass from Whitemoss Road has been positioned in an awkward place handier for the steps than the ramp, and is only convenient for coming from the east. There is already a dropped kerb a ... [more]

The direct route out of the Whitemoss Avenue underpass onto Whitemoss Road is blocked by car parking.

The car park entrance for the new Lidl supermarket is across the new Churchill Avenue shared cycle path. An update on #107576.

Cycle parking at the new Lidl store. The car park is outside the front door.

The path parallel to Whitemoss Avenue and then Churchill Avenue, approaching the underpass beneath Whitemoss Avenue.

Poor quality path in a park signed as shared use.

The cycle route along the Whitemoss Avenue shared footway is signed into the park, including a rather steep bit of path at the corner (seen also in #107580).

A newly improved connection between Whitemoss Road and the Whitemoss Roundabout underpasses. But no direction signs for the cycle route nearby. The bin probably doesn't have to be located in the actual cycle track either.

A warning (not triangular) of low height at the Whitemoss Roundabout.

Route signs at the Whitemoss Roundabout for the cycle route to Brancumhall, but the Health Centre pointed to is not the closest health centre to this location, and so could be confusing.

The start of the cycle track for the Whitemoss Roundabout diverging from the carriageway of Kingsway. It could be extended back along the verge to meet the cycle track from the Birniehill Roundabout.

The Birniehill Roundabout cycle track merges onto the Kingsway carriageway, but there is room for it to continue off-road until the Whitemoss Roundabout where another cycle track starts. Again, tyre tracks in the mud and grass give away the ... [more]

A new 'No Entry' sign for the resurfaced cycle off-ramp from Churchill Avenue at the Murray Roundabout, but no longer any signs for local routes 2 and 3. So close to the town centre, but no wayfinding.

The path seen being widened in #107574, and now officially shared use, alongside Churchill Avenue in East Kilbride.

An ancient 'No Cycling' sign at an underpass at the Centre Roundabout.

The accumulating mud on the cycle track at the Righead Roundabout shows that, despite conditions, people are using it. The underpass on the right leads to cycle tracks on the other sides of the roundabout.

The cycle track leaves the Queensway carriageway in time for the Righead Roundabout. There is plenty of room for it to have been off-road all the way along here.

The Queensway footway changes from asphalt to slabs, and shimmies to the side slightly. The drainage is poor.

The Queensway footway resumes at Falkland Drive.

Car parking on the underpass cycle track at Falkland Drive.

Very poor sightlines where the path from the ramp of the footbridge and from Lindores Drive meets the Queensway footway.

Links to local streets from the north side of the Queensway footbridge.

Lots of barriers on the southern side of the Queensway footbridge at Sudbury Crescent.

Footbridge across Queensway, linking Sudbury Crescent and Lindores Drive, and other local streets. But no dropped kerb at the base of the ramp.

Path junctions outside Westwood Road underpass from Dunedin Park. Duncanrig Secondary School is to the right.

No dropped kerb at end of path at Columbia Way.

A ramped footbridge to cross Westwood Road and access Westwood Square shops.

No Cycling at Westwood Square.

Cycle parking at Westwood Square shops.

The Mossneuk cycleway changes from unsegregated to line segregated path, although it isn't signed as such, for the final section to Newlands Road. The crossing footpath has priority over the cycleway.

The Mossneuk cycleway crosses Wellesley Crescent and heads over to Newlands Road.

The Mossneuk cycle route crossing Mossneuk Road.

The Mossneuk cycle route leaves Pitcairn Place to cross to the other side of Mossneuk Road just along from the bus stop.

The Mossneuk cycle route continues along Pitcairn Crescent to the left, but takes a detour to join the footway of Mossneuk Road first.

Still no dropped kerb on Strathtay Avenue at the start of the Mossneuk cycle route.

No proper connecting path between the back of Hairmyres Hospital and Strathtay Avenue, even though this is the way to the nearest cycle route. UPDATE: A (very narrow) new path has appeared, see #172687.

Additional cycle parking stands at Hairmyres Hospital, including a Commonwealth Games 2014 rack, and some bolt-down stands.

Cycle parking at Hairmyres Hospital. If there was a proper network of cycle infrastructure around here, perhaps more would cycle.

The footbridge across the railway in #113719 leads to the busy Eaglesham Road and there is no pedestrian crossing to help people get to either the bus stop or Hairmyres Hospital a short distance away.

The railway footbridge from Tennant Avenue to Eaglesham Road (and towards Hairmyres Hospital) has steps at one end, and they look like they need replacing, so let's have a ramp instead.

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